The Center has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of West Bengal of protecting the accused in the railway coal scam. In the Supreme Court, the Center said Lawsuits of the Government of Bengal Is tantamount to abusing the process, so it should be discarded. The Center said a federal agency’s probe into crimes affecting many states or the country as a whole would not harm the federal structure.
In fact, the Supreme Court was hearing the original case filed by the West Bengal government against the Center. In the petition, the Mamata government has alleged that despite withdrawing its consent in West Bengal, the CBI was violating the federal structure of governance by filing an FIR. The Mamata government had also demanded an early hearing of the original case filed by the state under Article 131 of the Constitution. In its affidavit in the case, the Center said that there was no impediment for the CBI to investigate the crimes as the state government withdrew the consensus. The Center asked why it was not clear why the state government was getting in the way of such an inquiry. The Supreme Court will now hear the case on November 16.
A bench of Justices L Nageshwar Rao and BR Gawai asked Kapil Sibal, counsel appearing for the Bengal government, to file any reply or document on the Centre’s affidavit. That the Center has filed the affidavit in the Bengal government’s lawsuit alleging violation of the federal structure. Despite the West Bengal government withdrawing its consent, the CBI has registered cases.
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